January 7 Game Recap

Mateo SJoberg scored his fifteenth of the season in the Hawks’ 6-3 loss to the Sockeyes Sunday night. // Katie Lawrence-Balloch photo


Delta suffered their third-straight loss on Sunday night, losing 6-3 to the Richmond Sockeyes in another Tunnel Series matchup.

With the Hawks still missing many of their key players, like Zach Shaughnessy, Carson Merriman, and Austin Kofler, they put up a good fight against the league-leading Sockeyes, but weren’t able to pull out a win to end the their losing streak.

The Sockeyes got on the board first, when Cody Matsuo scored for the visitors over two minutes into the game. They got two more through the period from William Huo and Nicholas Noren for a 3-0 lead heading into the first break.

Delta started the second strong, with Billy Johal netting a Michele Romeo pass in the slot to cut the Sockeyes’ lead to 3-1, Johal’s fourth goal of the season.

They came within one, as Brandon Petrie sent a pass up to Mateo Sjoberg, who was surrounded by three Sockeyes, but he fired a long shot on net that made it past Noah Stenvig for Sjoberg’s fifteenth of the year so far.

Richmond was able to capitalize on a couple of Delta penalties late in the period, scoring on a 5-on-3 and a 5-on-4, making it 5-2 after 40 minutes.

The Hawks again began to creep back in the third, with Tye Hemenway sending a long shot from the left point through traffic and past Stenvig to make it a 5-3 game with his seventh.

But Huo potted an empty-netter and that all but sealed the result, with the Hawks falling 6-3 at home and they now trail in the Tunnel Series 3-2.